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Tiffin Mine. Goodsprings, Nevada.
USGS Full Report
Primary Mining: Zinc
Secondary Mining: Uranium, Silver, Lead
Tiffin Mine is located South of Las Vegas, Nevada. Nearest towns are Jean, Nevada, Goodsprings, Nevada and Sandy Valley, Nevada. Primary mining in the area included: copper, lead, silver, gold and zinc.
It's difficult to know the boundaries between the Singer and Tiffin Mines since there are several claims to each and some claims have overlapping dates. Additionally, a few of the claims were named both Tiffin and Singer which meant they were likely sold/traded back and forth over the years. Because these mines traded or shared ownership, we've found that many drifts leading to levels above and below, connect to the other mine sites. The most recent registration lists the mine to the north as Singer Mine and the one directly south as Tiffin Mine.
From the surface level adits of Tiffin Mine, there are several ways down to lower levels. There is a head frame supporting an incline rail that, until recently, ended at a collapse. It's unclear if the collapse was natural or intentional. About a year ago, someone went down there and dug their way through. Beyond that point, there wasn't much to see worth the effort or risk.
A collapsed area will adjust to the new rock pressures. Removing that material alters the new settled pressures and may bring it all down. If it was natural, you know the mine is unstable and prone to shift. If it was intentional, someone left you a message that there are dangers present. If you come across a collapsed area within a mine, the mine should be considered unsafe. Additionally, uranium was removed from this mine. Digging and prolonged exposure probably isn't healthy.
Last year, we led a group of mining vendors and investors through the Goodsprings Mining District. We spent many weekends preparing routes, repairing trails, and restoring and cleaning sites. Tiffin and Singer Mines were originally on our list of mines to visit.
We invested many hours, over several days, removing bag after bag of garbage from the lower Tiffin Mine. The week before the tour, we ran the proposed route again and found that all our efforts were destroyed by idiots who turned Tiffin Mine into their personal shooting gallery and garbage dump.
I enjoy shooting, but do so safely and responsibly. What we found at Tiffin Mine was angering. Not only were there shooting clays all over mining structures and tailings, there were broken glass bottles, cans, and old electronics. Just days before, the entire area was aged, but clean.
There are plenty of places in our desert already ruined by years of garbage build up. If you are the type of jerk that shoots and leaves your garbage out there, restrict yourselves to those places and review the link below.